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Analyst expects a $200 off-contract iPhone in 2014, will it happen?

0. phoneArena posted on 23 Nov 2012, 18:43

There has been a lot of talk recently about emerging markets, almost as if analysts have finally realized that they exist, and that smartphones will be finding a lot of new customers in places like South America and Africa. And now, an analyst wants to throw Apple's name into the ring with the possibility of a $200 off-contract iPhone in 2014...

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posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:32

34. Kaze105 (Posts: 21; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Considering apple is all about profit, if it is 200, the internal of the phone would be worse than whats in the iphone 3GS. If they make the external look nice, people would buy it even if its a crappy phone. I know so many people buy iphones since it looks cool.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 01:03

35. xfire99 (Posts: 946; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

Others are forcing Apple to make drastic moves, or else iPhone/iPad will not longer sales like they do today and still its double edge move if it happens.
If it sales cheap and Apples trademark will drops in value for 2nd hand market. Alot are buying, coz it have its high values in 2nd hand market and it wont be if iDevices become cheap. All these high numbers of sales for iPhones/iPads on release days, will also drops drastically, since alot are buying it on release day and sale it for high price for earn some money.
I doubt Apple gonna make this move and also androids/apples high ends devices cost as much. Sometime Androids top models are even more expensive then iPhones/iPads top models. The differents are androids drops alot in price in long terms and Apples dont drops as much androids devices do.
This makes Appes users feels like they are using "premiums" devices and this will fall apart if Apples sells it too cheap. Even its about old devices.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 01:21 1

36. XYZ360 (Posts: 53; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)

hmm let's calculate
iphone 6 $699
5s $599
5 $499
4s $399
4 $299
3gs $199
maybe it will be a slightly modified iphone 3gs

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 04:18

38. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

200$ iPhone off contract.......!!!!!??? In analyst's dream................... I think in 2014 at launch of iPhone 6, Apple can either sell iPhone 3gs/ iphone 4 for this price, and if they become very generous then we might see iPhone 4s at this price. Or they can even launch new phone with very low specs., like single core 800mhz processor, 50 MB internal memory( this phone will be more dependant on cloud), wvga screen, 4Mp camera, no FFC......

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 04:28

40. random (Posts: 16; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)

Not gonna happen, they live by their premium prices and they will die by them.

They have an image of a "luxury" brand, which will be all but lost once they do that.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 07:20

42. darkkjedii (Posts: 25052; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Apple should but probably won't :(

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 07:56

43. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

It will probably be an iphone 4.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:00

46. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

When someone reports a comment does P.A. actually investigate it or is it just moderated? Just seems that many of the comments moderated were moderated by someone who really did not read the comment. I vote for automation moderation.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 13:57

61. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Many comments were moderated because we don't want people starting flame wars. So, if you come out and say something inflammatory, or just flat out jackassery, the comment will be moderated. People can hate Apple all they want, just don't start fights in our comment threads.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:29

49. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

the iphone will always lose the low cost battle with android because it is too expensive. android will always be the king of that with little doubt.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 13:53

54. jorbrandt (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)

Cricket Wireless is already selling the iPhone 4 for $299 which is off-contract. So, if Munster's prediction is a reality. It must be the iPhone 4 or 4S (if you're lucky),

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 17:39

55. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

I love it when "experts" predict the obvious.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 21:23

56. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

200$ off contract are you serious bro? IPHONES ARE AT LEAST 700$ with NO CONTRACT even the first Gen Iphone are like around 400$. I'd rather spend bout 300$ for a non contract phone

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 14:02

62. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

1) Anyone playing $400 for a first gen iPhone is clinically insane, or an obsessive collector. It is completely reasonable to think that 2 years from now, the iPhone from 2 years ago could be sold for $200 off-contract.

2) The fact that you say you'd spend $300 on a non-contract phone means you probably didn't bother to read the article, because the entire point of a possible $200 off-contract iPhone isn't for someone like you who can afford something better. The point is for the markets where people can't afford as much.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 07:40

59. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

$200 is more than the actual cost of the iphone5 anyway. The additional 600 is just apple logo markup. Thank god that google exposed this injustice. 600 profit on a $150 is indefensable.

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